• Livestock grants offered

    LITTLE ROCK — The state of Arkansas, through funds provided by Gov. Mike Beebe, will provide a monetary grant to livestock producers for the partial recovery of forage production losses due to extreme drought conditions experienced this year, according to a news release from the …

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  • A Turning Point; From high school dropout to soldier, dad, role model

    ROBINSON TRAINING CENTER — The 233rd Regional Training Center’s Sgt. Aldo Reyes of North Little Rock is a proud father of five and a dedicated soldier with a promising future. But that wasn’t always the case. Surrounded by negative influences as a juvenile, Reyes had …

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  • New Ash Flat library receives grant

    ASH FLAT — The new Ash Flat Public Library has received a grant for its Kids Art Club, said library committee member Ina Gill. The grant, from the Thea Foundation in Little Rock, provides art supplies from the Dick Blick Art Materials Co. “In addition …

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  • Field fires look suspicious

    A series of small fires in farm fields located in the Newark area are being eyed with suspicion by local authorities. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens was dispatched to the area of Duck Puddle Road around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday where he met with Newark firefighters …

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  • Karaoke event to be Saturday

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas will host the eighth annual Karaoke for a Cause at 6:30 p.m. Saturday featuring a “Totally ’80s” theme at 2485 Harrison St. at the former Aaron’s Furniture next to Jonathan’s Fine Jewelry. A dinner will be held …

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  • Two charged in felony forgery

    Alicia Marie Green The case of nine forged checks against the account of Allen House at Merchants & Planters Bank of Batesville is said to be the work of two Independence County women, 45-year-old Alana Sue Hulen of Camp Tahkodah Road and 26-year-old Alicia Marie …

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  • Vacancy declared on Sharp court; grant to update 911 system

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court on Monday declared a vacancy for the District 5 justice of the peace position due to the recent death of Ray Martin of Ash Flat, said County Judge Larry Brown. “It is now up to the governor …

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  • Group aims to save ecosystem

    CAVE CITY — Human destruction along with a deadly disease is threatening our world below. Nathan, Aaron and Kyle Christopher grew up playing in caves and want to preserve them for future generations and stop the spread of a disease that is killing bats across …

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  • Bud Light bottles thrown at stores

    Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, energy drinks and jerky sticks seemed to be the target of whoever broke into the Cushman Country Store Monday night. Deputy Shay Moore said she discovered the front door to the store broken by a large rock and a busted Bud Light …

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  • Day of drinking ends in arrest

    The routine of patrolling an Independence County back road was broken for Deputy Shay Moore Monday night when she came across a chain saw and other items in the middle of the roadway and heard a man screaming in the distance. After finding the items …

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  • Disagreement leads to shooting

    ASH FLAT — An Evening Shade man faces a bond hearing in Sharp County today following a shooting Saturday at his residence, 184 Jack Schoolhouse Road, Sheriff Mark Counts said. A first-degree battery charge, a class B felony, was filed Tuesday in Sharp County Circuit …

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  • Contractor 6 months behind; Meyers Street to be open by Monday for school

    The contractor rehabbing the first portion of the Batesville wastewater treatment system is 180 days behind schedule, and now city officials are saying it’s time for Oscar Renda to get out of the way. Furthermore, Oscar Renda is delaying BRB Contractors, who has the second …

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